Johnny Christopher

Johnny Christopher is a songwriter. He co-wrote "Always on My Mind" with Mark James and Wayne Carson for Gwen McCrae and Brenda Lee in 1972. The song has been covered by several well-known artists including Elvis Presley, John Wesley Ryles and the Pet Shop Boys.

For Willie Nelson's 1982 cover, Christopher, James, and Carson won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Country Song, 10 years after its original release.[1][2]


  1. ^ Jones, Roben (2010). Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios. University Press of Mississippi. p. 337.
  2. ^ Poe, Randy (2012). Stalking the Red Headed Straonger. Hal Leonard Corporation.
25th Annual Grammy Awards

The 25th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 23, 1983, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year.Album of the Year went to Toto for Toto IV, and Song of the Year went to Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson for "Always on My Mind".

A Better Love Next Time

Not to be confused with "Better Love Next Time," a 1979 pop hit for Dr. Hook."A Better Love Next Time" is a song written by Johnny Christopher and Bobby Wood, and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard backed by The Strangers. It was released in July 1989 as the second single from the album 5:01 Blues. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was Haggard's last Top Ten hit. It was co-produced by Mark Yeary, keyboardist of The Strangers.

Always on My Mind

"Always on My Mind" is a rueful and nostalgic love song by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Carson first recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1970, and later Gwen McCrae (as "You Were Always on My Mind") and Brenda Lee in 1972. The song has been a crossover hit, charting in both the country and western and pop categories.

AllMusic lists over 300 recorded releases of the song in versions by dozens of performers. While Brenda Lee's version had stalled at number 45 on the country charts in 1972, other performers reached the top 20 in the United States and elsewhere with their own versions: Elvis Presley in 1972; John Wesley Ryles in 1979; Willie Nelson's Grammy Award-winning version in 1982; and Pet Shop Boys in 1987.

Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson album)

Always on My Mind is the twenty-seventh studio album by country singer Willie Nelson. It was the Billboard number one country album of the year for 1982, and stayed 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, peaking at number one for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the Billboard 200 for all albums, peaking at number two for 3 weeks.

Black on Black

Black on Black is an album by American country music artist Waylon Jennings, released on RCA Victor in 1982.

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters is a studio album by French singer Amanda Lear, released in 2009 by independent label Just Good Music for Your Ears.

Country Croonin'

Country Croonin' is an RIAA Gold-certified album by Canadian country music artist Anne Murray. It was released by Straightway Records in the fall of 2002.

The disc peaked at #13 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone.

Elvis Inspirational

Elvis Inspirational, RCA's 2006 compilation, is part of a set of six theme-based compilations that also includes Elvis Rock, Elvis Country, Elvis Movies, Elvis Live and Elvis R&B and is made up of pop and gospel recordings seen to be inspirational, including Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Neil Diamond's "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind," Mac Davis' "In the Ghetto," "Danny Boy," and "The Impossible Dream".

Houston (I'm Comin' to See You)

Houston (I'm Comin' to See You) is the twenty-sixth album by American singer/guitarist Glen Campbell, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music).

If You Talk in Your Sleep

"If You Talk in Your Sleep" is a track from Elvis Presley's 1975 album Promised Land. It was recorded during sessions at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, in December 1973. Released as a single in North America on May 10, 1974, with the B-side "Help Me", it reached No. 6 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in June 1974 and No. 17 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in August 1974. The song was written by Red West and Johnny Christopher. The song was covered by Little Milton and reached No. 34 on the Billboard soul singles chart in April 1975.

Jerry Lee Keeps Rockin'

Jerry Lee Keeps Rockin' is an album by Jerry Lee Lewis, released on Mercury Records in 1978.

Ol' Waylon

Ol' Waylon is an album by American country music artist Waylon Jennings, released on RCA Victor in 1977. It eventually became one of Jennings' highest-selling albums, due in no small part to the phenomenal success of the chart-topping "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)." It was also the singer's fourth solo album in a row to reach the top of the country charts, remaining there for thirteen weeks and becoming country music's first platinum album by any single solo artist.

Promised Land (Elvis Presley album)

Promised Land is the twenty-first studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Records on January 8, 1975. It was recorded in December 1973 at Stax Records studios in Memphis and released on Presley's 40th birthday in January, 1975. In the US the album reached number 47 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and number 1 in Billboard's Top Country LPs chart. The album rose to number 1 in the Country Cashbox albums chart. In the UK the album reached #21.

Step by Step (1946 film)

Step by Step is a 1946 American drama film directed by Phil Rosen, written by Stuart Palmer, and starring Lawrence Tierney, Anne Jeffreys, Lowell Gilmore, Myrna Dell, Harry Harvey, Sr. and Addison Richards. It was released on August 30, 1946, by RKO Pictures.

Take It to the Limit (Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings album)

Take It to the Limit is an album by Willie Nelson with Waylon Jennings, released in 1983 on Columbia Records.

The Flower That Shattered the Stone

The Flower That Shattered the Stone is the 23rd studio album by American singer-songwriter John Denver. It was released in September, 1990.

This release consists of nine tracks taken from Denver's 21st studio album, Stonehaven Sunrise (an Australian only release in 1989); two tracks taken from his 22nd studio album, Earth Songs; and a new track, "The Flower That Shattered The Stone (reprise)".

Ultimate (Pet Shop Boys album)

Ultimate is a greatest hits compilation album by UK electronic music band Pet Shop Boys. It is their third greatest hits album, released on 1 November 2010 by their long-time label Parlophone. The album contains 18 previously released singles, in chronological order, and one new song ("Together"). Ultimate was released to celebrate 25 years since the band's first single release "West End Girls" in standard single-CD and expanded CD/DVD configurations. It charted at number 27 on the UK Albums Chart on 7 November 2010, with first-week sales of 8,886 copies. On the European Top 100 Albums it reached number 50 on 20 November 2010.The single "Together", containing two cover tracks and an extended version of the song was released on 24 October 2010 digitally and on 29 November physically.

Wayne Carson

Wayne Carson (born Wayne Carson Head; May 31, 1943 – July 20, 2015), sometimes credited as Wayne Carson Thompson, was an American country musician, songwriter, and record producer. He played percussion, piano, guitar, and bass. His most famous songs as a writer include "The Letter", "Neon Rainbow", "Soul Deep", and "Always on My Mind" (written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher).

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